Our Angelica pays homage to a style of wine that has been present in the New World since the first European settlers arrived in the 1600’s. It is made by adding brandy to must or grape juice. We use the Mission grape, which was brought into California in the 1700s by Franciscan missionaries. According to Wikipedia, up to the year 1850, Mission “represented the entirety of viticulture in California wines.” It is now exceedingly rare, with less than 1,000 acres in the state.
This first release of Elevation Ten Angelica is a blend of five vintages, with an average barrel-age of 10 years. It is sweet, velvety, and complex with aromas of molasses, leather, coffee, caramel, and dried cherries. Our Angelica pairs well with blue and hard cheeses, Italian Panforte, roasted chestnuts, and many desserts. If you are feeling adventurous, try it with savory dishes including braised short ribs, lamb shanks, and curried foods. It can also be savored as a dessert by itself and we’ve been told it is a great companion to a good cigar.